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As it happened: Wednesday December 12 headlines

Published: 7:01AM Wednesday December 12, 2012 Source: ONE News

  • Principal Prue Taylor (Source: Fairfax)
    Principal Prue Taylor - Source: Fairfax

Check out the news that made the headlines on Wednesday, December 12 with

- Bain compo report could be released

- Kiwis arrested for cyber crime

- New rules for mining industry

9.00pm: An agreement has been reached for the principal of Christchurch Girls' High School, Prue Taylor, to return to the role .Taylor was sacked on November 2 because of what the school's board of trustees said were "deep-seated, irreconcilable" differences.

6.34pm: The recommendations the Government has received on possible compensation for David Bain could be released publicly by the end of this week. Retired Canadian judge Ian Binnie says Judith Collins is playing politics over his report. In an about face, the Justice Minister now says she may soon release the reports.

4.50pm: New Zealanders are among 10 people arrested as investigators, led by the FBI and aided by Facebook, busted an international criminal ring that infected 11 million computers around the world before credit card, bank and other personal information was stolen.

4.25pm: The entire mining industry is to be subjected to a new regulatory framework in the wake of the Pike River tragedy. Twenty nine miners died in the explosion two years ago.

3.30pm: Watch a web-only video on the latest news from NZ and around the world.


3.22pm: Education Minister Hekia Parata says she will take time to consider the advice of the judge who ruled her decision to close a residential girls' school in Nelson was unlawful, but she would not say if the Ministry of Education will appeal the decision.

2.25pm: A gunman has opened fire at an Oregon shopping mall outside Portland and several people were believed to have been shot, authorities said, while local media reported two had been killed.

2.07pm: North Korea has launched a long-range rocket in defiance of condemnation by critics who believe it is seeking to develop technology that will enable it to deliver a nuclear warhead, South Korean TV channel YTN has reported.

1.42pm The All Blacks face stiff competition from Olympic rowing Men's Pair, Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, when votes are counted for the Team of the Year prize at the 50th Westpac Halberg Awards.

1.40pm: Scientists have confirmed Ruapehu remains at a heightened level of unrest and that an eruption is "more likely than normal".

12.52pm: Ewen Macdonald says his crimes were motivated by revenge, jealousy , a feeling of being "hard done-by", stress and immaturity.

12.31pm: Most sports teams respond to a visit from the boss, but the NBA's Brooklyn Nets seem to respond better to the boss' wife .

According to, the Nets have a perfect record when popstar Beyonce, wife of Nets co-owner Jay-Z, attends their home games.

11.38am: A 44-year-old woman has admitted murdering Rotorua woman Michelle Hoffman-Tamm.

11.22am: The New Zealand Cricket board has publicly apologised to Ross Taylor and his family for the handling of the Black Caps captaincy saga.

11.18am: Former South African President Nelson Mandela has suffered a recurrence of a lung infection but is responding to treatment, the government said today.

11.14am: Restaurant Brands, the fast food operator which recently launched the Carl's Jr brand in New Zealand, lifted third-quarter sales by 0.5%.

10.52am: The contents of a note reportedly left by London nurse Jacintha Saldanha may shed light on the circumstances of her well-publicised death.

10.25am: Jesse Ryder says he's never been in better form but is no closer to committing to a return to international cricket .

9.52am: The New Zealand dollar has risen to a nine-month high .

9.20am: Jennifer Lawrence, is the world's most desirable woman , according to an international poll released today by the website AskMen.

9.12am: Marriage celebrants across the country are getting ready for a busy day, with couples keen to tie the knot on today's significant date.

8.30am Telecom technicians have worked through the night to try and resolve broadband connection issues, after an evening outage.

8.02am: British police have arrested a man in connection to the murder of a Kiwi punk singer in London.

7.36am: An election victory tweet from President Barack Obama - "Four more years" with a picture of him hugging his wife - was the most retweeted ever .








7.31am: Mana party leader Hone Harawira is describing the High Court ruling against the Maori Council over water rights as a "set back", but said there is a long way to go yet.

7.08am: Telecom is still having trouble with its broadband services this morning, a day after it said it had fixed an earlier fault.

7.05am: New Zealand fans have been the first to feast their eyes on the highly anticipated Hobbit film.

7.00am: Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale has helped to rescue an injured Dutch tourist while he was walking the Tongariro Crossing.